square sail

noun
\ˈskwer-ˌsāl, -səl\

Definition of square sail 

: a 4-sided sail extended on a yard suspended at the middle from a mast

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When the wind blew favorably, the crew would have hoisted a square sail on the mast; the rest of the time, rowers would have lined up on the benches and propelled the ship along with large oars. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of square sail

1600, in the meaning defined above

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